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Thanks to Joel Spolsky

Friday, July 20, 2007 by Dave Winer.

Every so often I get a link from Joel, and the traffic goes through the roof. Lots of people read his blog, because he's smart and he knows how to tell a story. Permalink to this paragraph

Today he points to a piece I wrote on January 1 of this year about what makes a blog a blog.  Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named ofsj.jpgBTW, he says that I don't allow comments on Scripting News. That's not exactly true, there are comments here, but you have to look carefully to find them. I find this ups the quality enormously -- people don't generally comment here to embarass anyone or to provoke a fight -- there isn't enough traffic to interest those people. But the people who want to add information to a thread here on Scripting News, and have been reading the site long enough to know what it's about, they find their way to the comments and add something to the mix. Permalink to this paragraph

For example, Mark Smith, in response to a piece I wrote yesterday about Facebook, explains the phenomenon from the point of view of a thoughtful blogger.  Permalink to this paragraph

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